Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Old Timey Tuesday

Old grungy pictures from my personal collection for use in your art and craft projects.

You may NOT sell, give or distribute the images, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group.

Violators will be turned into toads... I mean it... It won't be pretty.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The weekend

It's Monday morning. I survived the weekend. (Thanks for all the well wishes by the way!)

It was a complete and utter blur. It all went by so fast and I was so busy bustling about with this-that-and-the-other and attempting to remain sane. Trying to make time for chit-chat, and breathing feels impossible when it takes so long for me to 'warm-up'. It seems so easy for some people to mingle and converse... for me it's a long process to endure. 

But everyone looks happy. I hope they were. At the very least their bellies were filled, their glasses full and soft beds were waiting for them. (Although my poor cousin had to endure a bit of snoring from her room mate!)

In addition to the brood of family visiting, I had a studio of young artists on Saturday making bundled pixies.

They were so much fun to work with. I love working with kids and think they deserve far more credit than they get. I was so proud of those funny, patient, creative and sweet girls. Each one was an absolute delight even the very silly ones :)

And then, before I knew it, it was time for everyone to leave, but not before some goofy pictures.

That was suppose to be just the girls but Mr. Pixie decided a photo bomb was in order.

And despite the awkwardness of meeting a relative separated by distance and time, I think it went ok. We'll definitely need more visits, more time and more cookies... but we've started and that's the important bit.

Besides, I think Uncle Bob and I look pretty good together.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pretty autumn tags for Petaloo

I love fall. Seriously smitten with it. The colours, the smells... don't even get me started on the tastes! Fall is just around the corner and I've created these cute autumnal themed tags to herald it's arrival.

Tags are pretty dang handy to have around as an alternative for a card or bow. While my husband would have no problem handing a hostess a bottle of wine in a crumpled paper bag... I think I'll opt for adding a pretty tag thank-you-very-much.

For these particular taggy beauties, I've used some Graphic 45 tags, November Flourish and November Cut Apart from Time to Flourish. They pair wonderfully with those sweet Petaloo burlap leaves:Fall Maple Leaf
To the larger tag I've added a Small Burlap Sunflower. The smaller tag has a DIY Burlap Blossom that has been tinted with a bit of watered down acrylic paint.

A little acorn cap, pairing so well with those burlap leaves and looking cute as a button :) And finally, I've added Burlap Trims as a tassel, unraveling them to add to the rustic look of these fellows.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

And now for a panic attack...

The countdown is on! My house will be invaded tomorrow and I'm not nearly ready. I'm at the cusp of either throwing my hands in the air and proclaiming "It is, what it is. Deal with it, baby!" or having a full blown panic attack. Could go either way.

To make matters worse I had a little accident and lobbed off a good chunk of my finger. I'll be fine... but it's slowing things down.

On a brighter note, this happened... 

I went through all my linens, washed like stain removal boss, and now have a pristine collection that I'm thinking I should probably never, ever touch because it'll never be this pretty again.

Throughout all this cleaning madness I've realized something; I DO like having clean and orderly things... but I NEED my mess too. My jumbled shelves of stuff calms. The clean spaces make me an uptight crank (ask my kid, he'll totally agree.)

Anyway, wish me luck. I've got about 24 hours to do a chore list I can't see the end of. Maybe I'll just pitch tents in the yard and make every one fend for themselves ;)

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Old Timey Tuesday

Old grungy pictures from my personal collection for use in your art and craft projects.

Isn't he fab? Beautiful ladies and sweet little children are just dandy... but that moustache! 

You may NOT sell, give or distribute the images, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group.

Violators will be turned into toads... I mean it... It won't be pretty.

Monday, September 07, 2015

School Memory Jar for Petaloo

Tomorrow it's back-to-school for my kidlet. I'm going to miss having that boy around all day.

I have to be honest, I'm usually completely stumped when challenged to create a 'back to school' project. This year however I was a woman on a mission! I knew that I wanted to create a project for keeping memories.

I've taken a good sized jar with a wide mouth. The lid has been gussied up with a bit of paper from Graphic 45's ABC Primer Deluxe Collector's Edition and I've added trims and flowers from Petaloo.

A length of wide Crochet Lace Trim and Burlap Trim are wrapped around the jar, then Burlap Small SunflowersBurlap Wild Sunflowers and a sprig of DIY-Baby’s Breath is added. A tag and key are the final touches.

So now I have a place to store all of my son's memories from grade 7. Notes from his adventures, snapshots and small treasures found in his pockets. They'll fill this jar and be kept safe and sound. 

Here's hoping grade 7 is the best year ever :)

Petaloo Supplies
Crochet Lace Fancy Trim 2.25 ydsBurlap TrimBurlap Small SunflowersBurlap Wild SunflowersDIY-Baby’s Breath

Other:Graphic 45's ABC Primer Deluxe Collector's Edition1 Inch Wide Wooden Finial 
Glass jar

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Paper Gypsy Wagons Galore!

I've been making a series of paper gypsy wagons for a commission. Here are a few I finished up this weekend.

Paper Gypsy Wagon - Nichola Battilana

They have been great fun to create.

Paper Gypsy Wagon - Nichola Battilana

The wheels on these ones are from Gina's Designs and can be found HERE. I coaxed Gina into making them and I ADORE them. If you create small wheeled things they are so useful. They are especially good for use with lightweight and paper projects. I found that some of the wheels I've used on other projects added too much weight. These are damned near perfect.

Paper Gypsy Wagon - Nichola Battilana

The little mushrooms here are handmade with Paperclay. The wee flowers, leaves and buds are from AlphaStamps (I usually get the small 1/2" buds).

Paper Gypsy Wagon - Nichola Battilana

You can find those Gypsy coins from AS too. The papers are a mish-mash of G45, Marion Smith and Sanctuary Scrapbook Papers (which I'm totally smitten with at the mo'). 

Paper Gypsy Wagon - Nichola Battilana

If you have a question about any other supplies I've used, ask away. I'll have another post with a better supply list soon.